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Would You Take a Job as a Professional Flirt?

More and more women in Japan are making a surprising career choice: drinking and flirting with men for a huge salary. Although "hostessing" used to be considered shameful, it’s becoming a more attractive option for young women.

The lowest paid hostesses earn at least $20 an hour, while the highest paid can earn up to $300,000 a year. Since young women without college degrees have very few career options in the midst of Japan’s recession, making over $100,00 a year just for providing men with drinks and "attentive conversation" is pretty appealing.

The drawback, say some hostesses, is the late nights and heavy drinking, which can obviously take their toll. And some experts worry that although hostesses are not paid for sex, they can be easily sucked into Japan’s underground sex industry. Still, many people view hostesses as independent, successful career women. The country’s most famous hostess is a national celebrity and is considering retiring at age 27. Even a member of Japanese Parliament admits she was once a hostess herself.

Would you consider a position like "hostessing" to be more financially secure during hard economic times?

Source: Flickr user Robert Swier

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wolvesvane wolvesvane 6 years
did nobody else think of the anime Ouran High School Host Club? or am i the only otaku here? -suddenly feels very alone-
BettyRN BettyRN 7 years
Wow, does anyone remember geishas? Sounds like easy money, but it would also be so easy to cross the line. Hopefully, this would be a temporary job to cover the bills while you worked on something permanent you could do when you get older and not as attractive as a hostess.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
Sorry, a bad fit, not a bit fit! :oops:
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
My personality would make me a bit fit. But is there a job where I can be paid a lot to wittily insult men? That's my forte! ;)
Sunbelle098 Sunbelle098 7 years
Not a chance.
aistea311 aistea311 7 years
I loved this article, I would take the job in a heartbeat.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Only as a last resort, not a first resort. Truthfully, I think this is something I would be good at. Although I am a natural introvert, I do have good social skills.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 7 years
I say no but only because I know I would be terrible at it! I'm too much of an introvert.
weffie weffie 7 years
TOTALLY! I'm a cocktail waitress so I already get paid to flirt haha, I just can't drink too much while I'm working cos I'm afraid of messing up other people's money :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i think that i would if i knew that i would be safe. you hear about the horror stories but if there's some type of security with it - then i see nothing wrong with the concept.
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
I totally would!
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